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Chelsea 1-1 (4-3 p/k) Southampton, Player Ratings: Bah Gawd That’s Kepa’s Music!

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s latest dramatic penalty kick shootout victory

Chelsea v Southampton - Carabao Cup Round of 16 Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images


Technical director advisor Petr Čech called Kepa’s approach “energetic”, but also explained that saving penalties is equal parts preparation, luck, and perhaps a bit of dark magic as well.

“A penalty shoot-out, or penalties in general, is something you should have a feeling for. The sense of timing, the intuition, some people have that. They don’t bother too much about statistics or data, they just go in and save it. That’s a gift. People have different approaches, and ultimately you have to find the way that suits you and gives you the most success.”

-Petr Čech; source: Chelsea FC

So whatever Kepa’s doing, keep doing it!

It should be noted Kepa made several excellent stops in this game as well, even if he didn’t exactly cover himself in glory on Southampton’s equalizer.

2. REECE JAMES (7.5)

No goal for Reecey this time, but he was back to playing the right-center back for the first second time since the tail end of last season. Versatility, ahoy! (NB. scoring in the shootout doesn’t actually count as a goal, but James did indeed score the winning PK just like against Villa in the previous round.)


It’s a good thing we at least have him signed beyond this season, unlike most other center backs on the team currently!

vs. SOUTHAMPTON (LC, H, W 1-1)


EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Arrizabalaga (7.8), James (7.5), Chalobah (7.5), Havertz (7.5), Kovačić (7.0)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Hudson-Odoi (6.8), Saúl (6.6), Alonso (6.5), Chilwell (6.5, sub), Sarr (6.1), Barkley (6.0)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Mount (5.9, sub), Ziyech (5.2)

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


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